13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

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13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly:  10 h
1
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  3 h 15 min
2
Bodrum City
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Goreme
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Karachi

5
nights
Istanbul

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Get in touch with nature at Dalia Beach and Kisirkaya Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) and Suleymaniye Cami . And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, stroll through Burc Beach, steep yourself in history at Galata Tower, and enjoy the sand and surf at Suma Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Istanbul road trip app.

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Karachi to Istanbul. When traveling from Karachi in October, plan for colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Suleymaniye Cami ©
Suleymaniye Cami
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

1
night
Bodrum City

Bodrum City ©
More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): kick back and relax at Torba Plaji, kick back and relax at Gun Batimi Plaji, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kumbahce Sahili, and finally take advantage of the amenities at Mor Plaj.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Bodrum City trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Bodrum City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bodrum City, with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Selcuk.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Gun Batimi Plaji, Torba Plaji, Mor Plaj
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Gun Batimi Plaji ©
Gun Batimi Plaji

2
nights
Selcuk

Selcuk ©
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Heracles Gate, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, delve into the distant past at Brothel, explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, then explore the ancient world of Fountain of Pollio, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Celsus Ceramic, kick back and relax at Pamucak Beach, explore the historical opulence of Ayasoluk Castle, then delve into the distant past at Trajan's Fountain, and finally explore the ancient world of Public Latrine.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Selcuk driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Bodrum City to Selcuk in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Bodrum City in October, Selcuk is little chillier at night with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
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Ancient City of Ephesus ©
Ancient City of Ephesus
Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) ©
Public Latrine ©
Public Latrine

1
night
Pamukkale

Pamukkale ©
A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
On the 11th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, stroll the grounds of Anatolia Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pamukkale sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Selcuk to Pamukkale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

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Hierapolis ©
Hierapolis
Pamukkale Thermal Pools ©
Pamukkale Thermal Pools
Anatolia Cemetery ©
Anatolia Cemetery

3
nights
Goreme

Goreme ©
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours, look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, Head underground at Uchisar Castle, then contemplate the long history of Gore Harabeleri, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and finally explore the striking landscape of Goreme National Park. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Goreme Open-Air Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then stroll through Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Goreme online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pamukkale to Goreme in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Uchisar, Spas, Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri, Gore Harabeleri
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Goreme National Park ©
Goreme National Park
Gore Harabeleri ©
Gore Harabeleri
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri ©
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri

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